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Jul 17

Staf Picks - Humor

Posted on July 17, 2020 at 10:49 AM by Bobbie Clark

Dear Reader: 

Humor is the topic of today’s staff picks blog post.   
What makes us laugh? Check out some fantastic recommendations by Lewis & Clark Library staff. 

 

Jill recommends . . . 

Humor 1 

Straight Man 

by Richard Russo 

Experience a week in the life of Hank Devereaux, an incorrigible yet endearing professor at a mediocre university.  A masterful depiction of small-town America, campus politics, and middle age presented as only Russo can. Poignant and laugh-out-loud funny. 

Find it in the library catalog HERE 

Also available in digital format: 

Montana Library2Go HERE 

Read about the author HERE 

 

Trish recommends . . . 

Humor 2 

Midnight Riot - Peter Grant Mystery Series 

bBen Aaronovitch 

These fabulous books are set in London where policeman Peter Grant is conscripted into the Metro Police's 'supernatural' division. Hijinks with demons, river gods, and all manner of underground London sinister doings with a great sense of humor! 

Find it in the library catalog HERE 

Also available in digital format: 

Montana Library2Go HERE 

Hoopla (including graphic novels!) HERE 

Read more about the author and the Rivers of London series HERE 

 

Matt recommends . . . 

Humor 3 

The Captain and the Glory 

by Dave Eggers 

The Captain and the Glory is a funny, entertaining, and if you view it as a satire of the United States in our current political situation, and oddly familiar book.  It centers on the ship Glory whose captain has just stepped down.  From the indecisive crew and passengers rises a new leader who spends more time glorifying his own over-hyped deeds and throwing anyone who disagrees with him overboard than he does in understanding how to captain a boat.  The Captain and the Glory is a fun and enjoyable read. 

Find it in the library catalog HERE 

Also available in digital format: 

Other books by Dave Eggers Montana Library2GoHooplaAxis 360 

 

John recommends . . . 

Humor 4 

A Confederacy of Dunces 

by John Kennedy Toole 

I nominate A Confederacy of Dunces as one of the funniest novels ever written. The central character Ignatius Reilly is an overeducated, lazy narcissist.  His adventures around 1960's New Orleans are slapstick, poignant, and socially relevant. 

The amazing back-story of how the book was finally published is detailed in the prologue, written by Walker Percy. 

Find it in the library catalog HERE 

Also available in digital format: 

Hoopla HERE 

 

Humor 5 

Vacationland 

By John Hodgman 

Humorist John Hodgeman's book, about growing mustaches, the dangers of freshwater clams, and "which animals to keep as pets and which to trap or poison." John Hodgeman is a very funny, nearly psychedelic writer and performer. His stage presentations are very much like his writing, frenetic and hilarious. 

Find it in the library catalog HERE 

Also available in digital format: 

Montana Library2Go HERE 

 

Clare recommends . . . 

Humor 6 

The Wee Free Men 

by Terry Pratchett 

Hilarious fantasy novel!! If you want a story that will make you laugh out loud, this is it! It is also a great coming of age series with a strong female lead. 

Find it in the library catalog HERE 

Also available in digital format: 

Montana Library2Go HERE 

Hoopla HERE 

 

Heather recommends . . . 

Humor 7 

Jitterbug Perfume 

by Tom Robbins 

I read this absurd and hilarious book in high school because it was an "SAT vocab" booster. I keep reading it, year after year, because it's hilarious, absurd, and features Pan, beets, and ambergris. Intrigued yet?  

Find it in the library catalog HERE 

Also available in digital format: 

Montana Library2Go HERE 

 

Humor 8 

   

Any audiobook written and performed by David Sedaris 

Best. Travelling. Companion.  

Find audiobooks in the library catalog HERE 

Also available in digital format: 

Hoopla audiobooks HERE 

Montana Library2Go HERE 

 

Bretagne recommends . . . 

 

Bossypants 

by Tina Fey 

Tina Fey is one of the most hilarious women alive and her book will make you laugh out loud! 

Find it in the library catalog HERE 

Also available in digital format: 

Axis 360 HERE 

Montana Library2Go HERE 

 

 

The Rosie Project 

by Graeme Simsion 

A quick fun read that will keep you very entertained. 

Find it in the library catalog HERE 

Also available in digital format: 

Montana Libary2Go HERE 

 

Katy recommends . . . 

Humor 9 

Villa Incognito 

by Tom Robbins 

A fantastic tale that is great in audiobook form as well because the reader uses distinctive and often hilarious voices. 

Find it in the library catalog HERE 

Also available in digital format: 

Montana Library2Go HERE 

 

James recommends . . . 

  

Going Bovine 

bLibba Bray 

An irreverent and hilarious retelling of Don Quixote with the protagonist as a teenage boy with Mad Cow Disease. Best as an audiobook. 

Find it in the library catalog HERE   

Also available in digital format: 

Montana Library2Go HERE 

 

Kristin recommends . . .  

 

Still Life with Woodpecker 

by Tom Robbins 

The last line of the book is the greatest sentence in all of literature. The book is filled with quotable zingers so that's STILL saying something. 

Find it in the library catalog HERE 

Also available in digital format: 

Montana Library2Go HERE 

 

Max recommends . . . 

Humor 10 

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